As an award-winning investigative journalist, author, commentator and speaker, I have a deep and unyielding passion for writing stories about culture, art, humor and the human experience in a way that inspires and lifts the creative spirit on all fronts, and for people and communities who are diverse and interesting, without limiting beliefs or boundaries.
While I excitedly spent nearly 20 years as a reporter in the fast-paced world of breaking and investigative news for respected news organizations including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CBS, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, KCSN News, and many others, I now enjoy my career as the author of fiction, humor, prose and inspirational-themed essays.
Currently, I am beyond grateful to be writing two books that will be published by Zorba Press, a publishing house located in Ithaca, New York with esteemed Publisher and Writer Michael Pastore. I will include a link to my bio on the Author Page under: Links.
My first book will be a collection of short stories and essays that will be be based upon my "more than interesting" childhood and adult life as a member of a mixed-race and artistic family and creative mother, based in both Los Angeles and Hawaii. My father is a well known L.A. artist and former professor with a cultural background of Russian-Jewish, English and Irish, and my mother is a fashion designer who is Japanese, and was raised on the farmlands of Kona, Hawaii during and after the Second World War.
While much of my writing is influenced by the meeting and near-fusion of two distinct and colorful cultures, a lot of my work is a search, if you will, not for common ground, but rather for a celebration of the differences that I have allowed to flourish on a creative and personal level, culturally and figuratively. Such work has been published for The Japanese American National Museum, and featured in their exhibit "Hapa-Japan, Visible & Invisible", a historic exhibition that chronicled the story of people from mixed-race Japanese ancestry.
My second book will be a shorter collection of poetry that will reflect my philosophy for the beauty and wonderment of the human spirit, as well as inspirational-themed prose meant to feed all of the senses that are in need of spiritual nourishment and revival. Much of my prose, again, will be based upon autobiographical experiences, some of them suffering and difficult, but all with a necessary lesson at its heart.
While I enjoy writing serious and reflective work about the creative and artistic cultural self through the lens of cultural diversity, I am perhaps most well known and followed for my humorous essays and stories about my funny and strange experiences as a Japanese Jewish girl who never felt understood, and now claims this as my shtick and saving grace as a writer and individual.
Satire and comedic pieces have been published for the The Huffington Post, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, Open Salon, Jewish Learning.com, Be'chol Lashon, Jewish News Weekly of San Francisco, Elephant Journal.com, Interfaithfamily.com, and for my own blogs, including "Samurai Yenta" and "I've Got Issues."
I recently also began my career as a creative and inspirational speaker, with a successful engagement as a Speaker at The Mixed-Remixed Festival, an annual festival held at The Japanese American National Museum that celebrated the multifaceted mixed-race experience with emerging and well known artists, filmmakers, inspirational thinkers and speakers. My panel was Global v. Universal: Otherness & The Female Writer of Color'. Several new speaking engagements are on the calendar.
Journalism awards for investigative reporting, live news coverage, documentary series and magazine reporting includes The Edward R. Murrow award, two Golden Mike awards, four First Place 'Mark of Excellence' awards from The Society of Professional Journalists, and The Los Angeles Press Club award.
Please keep in mind that it is nearly an impossible assignment to write about one's own career or breadth of work in a way that would accurately reflect what one wants to evenly portray, but that is what my writing hopefully conveys as one chooses to read it. My aim is never to suggest any opinions or artistic realm that is finite, rather, my work is always in progress and therefore always in a state of creative continuum and discovery.
And this is my most honorary job in life, in addition to raising lively and interesting children . . . that as soon as I have written a poem, a story, an essay, or even a book, that I will inevitably be inspired to write something else that is more moving and more profound, because that is the most authentic expression of creativity, passion and humility.